Tasmania’s Top Tens of 2023

What were your favourite reads in 2023?

Libraries Tasmania’s annual Top 10s have been released! What did Tasmanians love to read and borrow most from the library last year?

There are some clear trends – and a few surprises!

Tasmanians borrowed more than 3.1 million physical and online items in 2023.

The full 2023 list includes the most-borrowed items across 19 categories including your favourite fiction, non-fiction, romance, crime, magazines, picture books and board books, plus eBooks, eAudiobooks, eMagazines and more.

Browse the dropdown sections below to see the favourite reads across categories.

Tasmanian Authors – Fiction

1The AccidentKatie McMahon
2LimberlostRobbie Arnott
3The House of Now and ThenJo Dixon
4The Secrets of the Huon WrenClaire Van Ryn
5The Angry Women’s ChoirMeg Bignell
6Mole CreekJames Dunbar
7A Week to RememberEsther Campion
8BrunyHeather Rose
9The DeepKyle Perry
10Welcome to Nowhere RiverMeg Bignell

Tasmanian Children’s Books

Adult Fiction

1No Plan BLee Child
2Desert StarMichael Connelly
3Dead TideFiona McIntosh
4ExilesJane Harper
5The OrphansFiona McIntosh
6The Bullet that MissedRichard Osman
7I Will Find YouHarlan Coben
8Simply LiesDavid Baldacci
9The Rising TideAnn Cleeves
10The AccidentKatie McMahon

Adult Non-fiction


1ExilesJane Harper
2The Bullet that MissedRichard Osman
3The Rising TideAnn Cleeves
4Desert StarMichael Connelly
5The Heron’s CryAnn Cleeves
6ShatteredJames Patterson
7The Dark HoursMichael Connelly
8A Heart full of HeadstonesIan Rankin
9The TiltChris Hammer
10Dead TideFiona McIntosh


1The Opal Miner’s DaughterFiona McArthur
2Snowy Mountains PromiseAlissa Callen
3Mara’s ChoiceAnna Jacobs
4NightworkNora Roberts
5Paula’s WayAnna Jacobs
6Wish You Were HereKarly Lane
7Snowy Mountains DaughterAlissa Callen
8One Enchanted EveningKatie Fforde
9A Very Special ChristmasAnna Jacobs
10Snowy Mountains CattlemanAlissa Callen

Libby – eBooks

1The SevenChris Hammer
2ExilesJane Harper
3Echo LakeJane Sauers
4The Things That Matter MostGabbie Stroud
5Small Things Like TheseClaire Keegan
6Kookaburra CottageMaya Linnell
7The Paris MysteryKirsty Manning
8Lessons in ChemistryBonnie Garmus
9How to Kill a ClientJoanna Jenkins
10The Gifted SonGenevieve Gannon

Libby – eAudiobooks

1Harry Potter (series)JK Rowling
2Fourth WingRebecca Yarros
3The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ckMark Manson
4Did I Ever Tell You This?Sam Neill
5A Court of Thorns and RosesSarah J Maas
6The Angry Women’s ChoirMeg Bignell
7Iron FlameRebecca Yarros
8The SevenChris Hammer
9LimberlostRobbie Arnott
10Pride and PrejudiceJane Austen

uLibrary eAudiobook

1The Ink Black HeartRobert Galbraith
2Troubled BloodRobert Galbraith
3Betrayal in the CotswoldsRebecca Tope
4A Day in the Death of Dorothea CassidyAnn Cleeves
5A Bird in the HandAnn Cleeves
6The Marriage PortraitMaggie O’Farrell
7A Lesson in DyingAnn Cleeves
8Blue LightningAnn Cleeves
9HamnetMaggie O’Farrell
10A Brush With DeathAli Carter

Borrowbox eAudiobooks

1The Bullet That MissedRichard Osman
2ExilesJane Harper
3The Murder RuleDervla McTiernan
4The Man Who Died TwiceRichard Osman
5Apples Never FallLiane Moriarty
6The Rising TideAnn Cleeves
7DeceptionLesley Pearse
8Love StoriesTrent Dalton
9HomecomingKate Morton
10The Bookbinder of JerichoPip Williams

Junior Fiction

1Diary of a Wimpy Kid (series)Jeff Kinney 
2Treehouse (series)Andy Griffiths
3SpaceboyDavid Walliams
4Hot Dog (series)Anh Do
5RobodogDavid Walliams
6Weirdo (series)Anh Do
7The World’s Worst PetsDavid Walliams
8The Bad Guys (series)Aaron Blabey
9Ninja Kid (series)Anh Do
10Wolf Girl (series)Anh Do

Junior Graphic Novels

1Dog Man (series)Dav Pilkey
2Cat Kid Comic Club (series)Dav Pilkey
3Wings of Fire, the Graphic Novel (series)Tui Sutherland
4Click (series)Kayla Miller
5Baby-Sitters Club (series)Anne M Martin
6GhostsRaina Telgemeier
7Bunny vs Monkey (series)Jamie Smart
8Star the ElephantRemy Lai
9Besties Find their GrooveKayla Miller
10Just JaimeTerri Libenson

Picture Books

1Bluey (series)Various
2Peppa Pig (series)Lauren Holowaty
3Pig the RebelAaron Blabey
4Maisy (series)Lucy Cousins
5The Very Clever BearNick Bland
6The Dog and the Chicken ThiefChantal de Marolles
7The Speedy SlothRebecca Young
8The BaddiesJulia Donaldson
9Colours, Colours EverywhereJulia Donaldson
10Whitney and Britney Chicken DivasLucinda Gifford

Youth Fiction

1The Ballad of Songbirds and SnakesSuzanne Collins
2The Inheritance Games (series)Jennifer Barnes
3Shadow and BoneLeigh Bardugo
4Shatter MeTahereh Mafi
5One of us is LyingKaren McManus
6MockingjaySuzanne Collins
7The Summer I Turned PrettyJenny Han
8Girl in piecesKathleen Glasgow
9CaravalStephanie Garber
10Good Girl, Bad BloodHolly Jackson

Youth Graphic Novels

1Guts Raina Telgemeier
2SmileRaina Telgemeier
3Heartstopper (series)Alice Oseman
4The legend of Zelda (series)Akira Himekawa 
5Demon in the wood: a shadow and bone graphic novelLeigh Bardugo
6Demon slayer (series)Koyoharu Gotoge
7The aquanautDan Santat
8Spy x family (series)Tatsuya Endo
9Maus: a survivor’s taleArt Spiegelman
10Five Nights at Freddy’s (series)Scott Cawthon

Youth Non-fiction

1Girl stuff for girls aged 8–12Kaz Cooke
2You don’t know what war isYeva Skalietska
3The teenage girl’s guide to living well with ADHDSonia Ali
4Welcome to consent!Yumi Stynes
5Owning itCaroline Foran
6Befriend your brainFaith G Harper
7The story of AustraliaRobert Lewis
8Video game of the yearJordan Minor
9Money queensMichelle Bowes
10Women aviatorsKaren Bush Gibson

Large Print

1Dark Sacred NightMichael Connelly
2The Man who Died TwiceRichard Osman
3No Plan BLee Child
4A Valley WeddingAnna Jacobs
5Lessons in ChemistryBonnie Garmus
6A Valley SecretAnna Jacobs
7The Long CallAnn Cleeves
8Where the Crawdads SingDelia Owens
9Sarah’s GiftAnna Jacobs
10Better Off DeadLee Child

Express Books

1Dead TideFiona McIntosh
2I Will Find YouHarlan Coben
3Simply LiesDavid Baldacci
4The Bookbinder of JerichoPip Williams
5Standing in the ShadowsPeter Robinson
6The Last RemainsElly Griffiths
7HomecomingKate Morton
8SparePrince Harry, Duke of Sussex
9Just One Thing: how simple changes can transform your lifeMichael Mosley
10The Tea LadiesAmanda Hampson